As a college instructor, you understand how important your college’s library is to your students’ learning experience. The library’s services provide students with trustworthy sources for their research, a comfortable place to study, and numerous opportunities to learn about the proper use of information.

However, you may not always know, or take advantage, of opportunities to collaborate with your college’s academic librarians to the fullest benefit of your students, your course, and your own research. Or, you may simply not have considered that the librarians could support your curricular needs. On the other hand, you may already partner with your college’s librarian in many ways, and you may often advocate that your fellow instructors do the same.

Regardless of the extent of your current interactions with your college’s librarians, you may find great value in reviewing “Bridging the Librarian-Faculty Gap in the Academic Library,” a study conducted by Gale (a part of Cengage Learning) and Library Journal. This study sought to better understand both faculty and academic librarians’ conceptions of the library’s purpose and essential functions.

As feedback to the survey shows, there is need for all on campus to gain a better understanding of the library and the value it provides. The survey results reveal gaps around the perceived need for better collaboration and communication among faculty and librarians, while also recognizing areas of service—such as information literacy instruction—that faculty and academic librarians agree are vital to their joint mission as educators and providers of information.

The survey data and analysis also address:

  • The services that faculty and academic librarians most (and least) value in the library
  • Opportunities for faculty and academic librarians to better communicate and collaborate
  • Preferred methods of communication


Download the complete report by Library Journal and Gale: “Bridging the Librarian-Faculty Gap in the Academic Library

Have you read the study? What is your response to the findings? What are your own suggestions for better collaboration among faculty and academic librarians? Share your thoughts in the comments.